Miami University ranks third among national universities in study abroad participation

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University continues to be one of the top universities in the nation for the number and percentage of students who earn credit abroad.

Among public, doctoral institutions, Miami ranks No. 3 for undergraduate participation in study abroad at 46.3 percent.

Miami is No. 25 among all U.S. institutions for the total number of students who studied abroad in the 2015-2016 academic year, per the Open Doors 2017 report, released Nov. 13 by the Institute of International Education.

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Top destinations for Miami students include Miami’s Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Cuba and France. Most students go abroad on one of Miami’s faculty-led programs. Of the 1,981 Oxford campus students who studied abroad during the 2015-2016 academic year, 68 percent were in Miami faculty-led programs.

“Miami University has a rich tradition of students choosing to explore the world through study abroad,” Cheryl Young, assistant provost said. “They are learning more about themselves and the breadth of possibilities in the world through learning new customs and cultures, exploring unfamiliar places, and doing fieldwork.”

Miami provides scholarships and financial aid to increase accessibility for students to study abroad.

The Miami participation rate that includes study abroad, study away (in other U.S. cities) and noncredit study abroad has increased for a fourth consecutive year, at 57.9 percent up slightly from the year before.

Such growth supports a university goal of enabling more students to participate in immersive, experiential learning.

Participation of underrepresented students in study abroad and study away combined is also increasing. Since 2012-2013, African-American participation has doubled and Asian-American and Hispanic-Latino have both more than doubled. An increased number of international students are also participating in programs in the U.S. or a country other than their home country.

Study away programs provide opportunities in cities across the United States, such as Chicago, Hollywood, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Miami also welcomes students from across the globe, enriching classroom and campus life. Miami hosted 2,654 international students in 2016-2017. The Open Doors report shows Ohio’s universities combined enrolled the eighth highest number of international students among the 50 states, with 38,680 students from other countries.

The Open Doors report is released during International Education Week, celebrated across U.S. campuses.

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